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International Trade

  • December 17, 2018

    May Schedules New Vote On Brexit Deal For January

    U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday she will ask Parliament to vote on her Brexit plan early next month, just days after European negotiators said they won't rework the withdrawal agreement amid widespread opposition from British lawmakers. 

  • December 17, 2018

    Malaysia Hits Goldman, Bankers With Criminal 1MDB Charges

    Malaysian prosecutors filed criminal charges Monday against units of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and several individuals for their alleged roles in a multibillion-dollar fraud on Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

  • December 17, 2018

    EU Fines Guess €40M For Blocking Cross-Border Sales

    Europe’s competition enforcer on Monday hit clothing designer Guess Inc. with a €39.9 million ($45.3 million) fine for using restrictions that prevented retailers from selling and advertising its products across borders, saying the practice resulted in higher prices in certain member countries.

  • December 17, 2018

    WTO Members Slam Trump Admin. For Current Trading Crisis

    The Trump administration has fomented turmoil at the World Trade Organization by failing to substantively work to reform the organization and by increasing the specter of protectionism and tariffs worldwide, representatives for the European Union and other U.S. trading partners said Monday in Geneva.

  • December 17, 2018

    CIT Says Insurer Must Cover Unpaid Duties On Chinese Garlic

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection correctly forced Hartford Fire Insurance Co. to cover unpaid anti-dumping duties on garlic under bonds taken out by a Chinese company, the U.S. Court of International Trade said Friday, rejecting the insurer’s assertion that a federal law retroactively wiped out the bonds.

  • December 17, 2018

    Three Sens. Target GILTI, Ask GM To Halt Stock Buybacks

    Three senators from states affected by General Motors’ recent decision to shutter manufacturing plants have asked the company to demonstrate how it has benefited from the federal tax overhaul's global intangible low-taxed income provision and to cancel planned stock buybacks.

  • December 17, 2018

    EU Renews Rules On Credit Insurance For Greek Exports

    The European Commission said on Monday that the EU’s member states will be allowed to provide insurance to cover exports going to Greece until the end of 2019, as coverage safeguarding these products is currently not available through insurers in the private market.

  • December 14, 2018

    WTO Upholds US 'Dolphin-Safe' Tuna Label Criteria

    The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body on Friday signed off on a set of revised "dolphin-safe" labeling criteria for tuna sold in the U.S., ending a decadelong dispute with Mexico over whether the United States' labeling conditions are discriminatory and out of line with several global trade agreements.

  • December 14, 2018

    ITC Lifts Diebold ATM Import Ban After Fed. Circ. Patent Nix

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has revoked a ban blocking financial services company Diebold from importing ATMs found to infringe Nautilus Hyosung America Inc.’s patent, pointing to a Federal Circuit decision that invalidated parts of that patent, according to a Federal Register notice set to publish Monday.

  • December 14, 2018

    ITC Probing Whether Car Emissions Systems Infringed IP

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into foreign imports of car emissions control systems, following accusations from chemical company Ingevity Corp. that MAHLE Filter Systems North America Inc. and several foreign producers ship filter systems products into the U.S. that rip off Ingevity’s intellectual property.

  • December 14, 2018

    The 6 Biggest Law Firm Mergers Of 2018

    The legal sector was rocked by announcements of six massive law firm mergers in 2018, adding to a string of behemoth combinations over the past decade that many believe are leading to the consolidation of the industry into a handful of giants.

  • December 14, 2018

    HKIAC Appoints Chief Representative For Korea Office

    The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre has appointed a former Allen & Overy LLP attorney as the chief representative of its Korea office, the organization announced.

  • December 14, 2018

    A Year On The Brink: Trump's Trade Battle With China

    The past year has seen President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade posture toward China shift from mere rhetoric to actual policy, sparking a massive tariff battle that has stretched into nearly every sector of the U.S. economy. Here, Law360 offers a rundown of how we got here.

  • December 14, 2018

    Iranian Insurer Denied Compensation Over EU Nuke Sanctions

    The European Union’s General Court has refused to grant millions of euros in damages to a state-owned Iranian insurer after its assets were frozen under nuclear sanctions against Tehran, handing victory to the European Council.

  • December 14, 2018

    EU Refuses To Reopen Brexit Deal, Putting Passage In Doubt

    The European Council has formally told the U.K. that its Brexit withdrawal agreement is not open to renegotiation even though a majority of British lawmakers rejected the package, increasing the odds of a no-deal departure from the bloc or a postponement.

  • December 13, 2018

    Arent Fox Nabs Ex-Shearman Atty For DC Tax Practice

    Arent Fox has announced a former Shearman & Sterling LLP partner is joining the firm’s tax practice in Washington, D.C., to assist clients with domestic and international transactional tax issues.

  • December 13, 2018

    Deutsche Bank Not Liable For Iran Bomb, 7th Circ. Says

    Deutsche Bank cannot be held liable for the death of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq by a bomb supplied by Iran, the Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday, saying the bank's violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran were too far removed from the soldier’s death to create liability under anti-terrorism law.

  • December 13, 2018

    Levi & Korsinsky To Lead Glencore Investor's FCPA Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday appointed Levi & Korsinsky LLP as lead counsel in a proposed class action against Glencore PLC over investor losses allegedly tied to announcements that the United Kingdom and the United States are investigating the Swiss company’s overseas dealings.

  • December 13, 2018

    6 Things That Rocked The Legal Industry In 2018

    From a pitched battle over a U.S. Supreme Court nomination to a sea change in the way that legal employers consider their attorneys' mental health and well-being, these were some of the most significant events and trends to hit the legal industry in 2018.

  • December 13, 2018

    NCAI Says $867B Farm Bill Would Benefit Native Tribes

    The $867 billion farm bill, passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, contains several provisions that would benefit native tribes through increased cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on welfare-related contracts, the National Congress of American Indians said in a statement.

Expert Analysis

  • When International Arbitration Becomes Domestic

    Claudia Salomon

    Many global companies prefer to enter into contracts with foreign counterparties through a locally incorporated affiliate. This approach might help streamline business relationships and confer certain tax advantages, but the validity of the arbitration clauses in such contracts rarely has been tested, say Claudia Salomon and Irina Sivachenko of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Iran Sanctions Reimposed: 5 Key Questions

    Mario Mancuso

    With this week's reimposition of the final tranche of U.S. sanctions against Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies must ensure they have concluded all Iran-related business. The addition of more Iranian individuals and entities to the specially designated nationals list means additional compliance risks, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Patent And Copyright Changes In The New NAFTA

    Michele Washington

    The modernized trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada includes provisions that should improve intellectual property transparency between the member countries and bring a certain degree of procedural uniformity, say attorneys with Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Beware FCPA Risks When Courting Foreign Investment

    Brandt Leibe

    As the growth of foreign direct investments in the U.S. continues, companies and their employees should focus on the risk that they are interacting with “foreign officials” — as defined by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the courts — even if that interaction takes place entirely within the U.S., say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.